TxDOT Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Pros
  • Mostly great people to work with (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great people to work with (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Salaries are lower than similar in private sector and in some other Texas governmental entities (in 4 reviews)

  • No overtime pay, insread transfered to comp-time (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Not so great.

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are great and friendly.

    Cons

    Management can be a bit overwhelming with unrealistic deadlines. Lack of opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Please place realistic deadlines for huge projects.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Every other opportunity is better.

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    Former Employee - IT in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - IT in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * reasonable work hours; almost always 40, unless you want to do more.

    Cons

    * below market salary rates * lack of mentoring / direction for new employees * lots of arbitrary deadlines * culture of poor communication. employees on the ground have little chance of knowing what's actually going on. * lots of administrative overhead (detailed timesheets, status reports, a fair number of unnecessary meetings) * large bureaucracy makes it difficult to get things done * management never makes changes in response to feedback

    Advice to Management

    Basically, you have no trust or respect from the employees whatsoever. Management only appears to be interested in cost-cutting and outsourcing, and is destroying the organizational culture. Employees in the halls talk openly about when they're "getting out." Without exaggeration, I can say that this is the worst management I've ever seen, and they could hardly do worse if they were trying.


  3. welder

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    Current Employee - Welder in El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Welder in El Paso, TX

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    hours holidays insurance own office partys

    Cons

    poor pay bad superviser too many rules

    Advice to Management

    grow up


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  5. Teenagers in charge

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Vacation time, medical, steady job hours

    Cons

    Micro managing. Managers don't care what's going on as long as the leads do work

    Advice to Management

    Screen your leads better.


  6. Things have changed in the IT division

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    Current Employee - IT Division in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT Division in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the coworkers helpful, friendly. On site cafeteria Park like areas outside under trees

    Cons

    Can be a little like "Lord of the Flies" Branch Managers can be vindictive, lack leadership qualities Pay was low, now it's worse

    Advice to Management

    Management does not live by the golden rule. Huge pay increases for you, employees get our jobs cut. We all work hard and to outsource us ostensibly to save money conflicts with the huge salaries you men are making. We are taking a pay cut and our employment with the state has been cut, while other (current) state employees get raises. Think about what that does to morale and motivation.


  7. Job agency does is admirable. Some supervisors are unscrupulous schemers, liars and thieves.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Does excellent work for Texas and its citizens

    Cons

    Agency supports supervisors even in the face of evidence of lying, discrimination and of other wrongdoing. Appeals are useless since the whole process is for labeling the agency correct in its actions.

    Advice to Management

    Check employee claims against what supervisors allege, you'll probably find some are using the system and it's flaws for ill-gotten gain. EEOC is investigating now.


  8. Helpful (1)

    TXDOT Austin Region Headquarters

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most employees arrive around 08:30am even though start time is 08:00am, they then take a break from 1000-1015am and walk around outside the buildings, you can leave for lunch by 1145am and not return until 1:30Pm (they allow you to take 30 minutes to walk or exercise from 1:00-1:30pm). They provide showers in the building so you can shower after your walk from 1:30-2:00 pm. You then get another break from 3:00-3:15pm for another walk outside around the buildings. Most employees are headed home by 4:45pm. TXDOT allows you to receive a 30 minute massage (you must pay for it) downstairs in the office building for 30 minutes once a month and you can take Yoga in the building as well, once a month, all while on the clock. Directors and Mangers are seldom in the office, out traveling or somewhere?

    Cons

    TXDOT secretly monitors everything you do,on your office phone, your computer, your TXDOT cell phone and TXDOT vehicles like Nazi Gestapo's and the KGB. You have absolutely no privacy even if you are doing nothing wrong. Way to bureaucratic, to many controls, its ok if you are a TXDOT minion. You need to get approval from way to many individuals in order to do something, i.e. if you need to pass gas get permission from 3 people and then TXDOT requires an air permit.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees until they prove otherwise. Start enforcing the 0800 start time, do away with all the breaks and luxuries (Yoga classes, messages, etc..), so that the Texas Tax payers get a full 8 hour day out of TXDOT employees, and then you wonder why our roads are in the condition they are.


  9. trash

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    insurance is good and benefits

    Cons

    pay is not great at all


  10. Safety Officer II

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    Former Employee - Safety Officer II
    Former Employee - Safety Officer II
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TxDOT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The only good things were the insurance, pay, time off, and time spent on the road with the men and women that actually did the work.

    Cons

    Working directly for the District Engineer and dealing with upper management. Upper management does not know the first thing about how to run a successful safety program, or anything else for that matter.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to get out of their Crystal Palace and spend more time with boots on the ground. Everyone except upper management are good, hard working people who put in an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. Workers do not trust upper management with good reason, upper management lies, cheats the system, and ignores the rules because the District Engineer thinks the rules don't not apply to him. Safety Director is a puppet to Administration and will talk out of both sides of his mouth just to get his numbers up. Upper management leads you on making you believe everything is fine and then stabs you in the back. It is not a good place to work and I would not wish it on my worst enemy!


  11. Human Resource Specialist

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at TxDOT full-time

    Pros

    Large amount of specialties and makes for someone to make a large impact quickly; challenging assignments and use new enterprise systems for HR.

    Cons

    Managers do not delegate and can't make a decision; top management is not aware of the day to day; people leave and new people take job of someone that is being forced out. Bad morale continues.



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